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Your dog knows more about you than you might expect

Published: Dec 19, 2012

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As a pet owner, you probably spend a lot of time tuned in to your dog, making sure he's not exhibiting any sign of pain in dogs and that he seems happy and comfortable. Your dog is likewise highly interested in what you do every day. Though your canine companion may not be able to vocalize what he learns about you through observation, his understanding of your emotions and personality may surprise you. Fox News recently took a look at some of the most interesting tidbits about dogs' understanding of their owners.

Dogs and emotions
Canines are highly sensitive creatures, and they're constantly trying to understand how you're feeling. Dogs are able to sense sadness, even if the person who is feeling down isn't their owner. Similarly, dogs can comprehend when you're angry, which is why it's important to use a stern, but not enraged tone when engaging in puppy training or discipline. Your dog will also likely mimic you when you demonstrate fear, according to the news source. For instance, if you back away from something you perceive to be frightening, your dog may imitate this action.

Dogs and personalities
Dogs can make assessments of certain personality traits, because they often watch how one human interacts with another, the news outlet reports. For instance, if your dog sees you frequently yelling at others, he may come to the conclusion that you are an inherently angry or frustrated person. Your dog may also be able to figure out if you're a trickster. According to the news source, in one study, dogs who witnessed other canines receiving treats, but didn't get any snacks themselves, were somewhat aware that they'd been cheated.

Giving back to your pet
Because your dog is so interested in you, it's essential that you give him the same amount of devotion and attention, especially when he's in need. This means bringing him to one of the nearby veterinarian hospitals for frequent checkups - monthly if he's a puppy and semi-annually if he's a middle-aged or older dog, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Keeping an eye on your dog and noting any changes in his behavior is the best way to catch any illnesses or other health problems before they develop into something more serious.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.